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When you have contacts stored in another location, you may want to export them to a CSV or tab-delimited text file, so you can import them into Mailchimp. The way to export your contacts depends on the application you're using. No matter where your contacts come from, you must have explicit permission before you add them to your audience as contacts.
In this article, you'll learn how to find export instructions for a few common applications, as well as how to avoid accidentally importing people who haven't opted in to your email marketing.
Before you start
- This article talks about ways to export email marketing contacts from services outside Mailchimp. To learn how to export your contacts from Mailchimp, read View or Export Contacts.
- If your email service is not listed here, consult its help documentation for further assistance.
- Before you import your outside contacts into Mailchimp, inspect the addresses and remove any that might cause you to receive a spam or abuse complaint.
Export contacts from Microsoft Outlook
If you use any version of Microsoft Outlook, including Outlook for Mac, check out Office Support to learn how to export your contacts to a CSV file.
Export contacts from Google Contacts
If your subscribers are stored in Google Contacts, export them as a CSV file to import them to your audience in Mailchimp. To import a portion of your Google Contacts, export a selection of your contacts from Google as a CSV file before you import to your Mailchimp audience.
Export contacts from GoDaddy
If you use GoDaddy's Workspace Email, you can export your contacts to a CSV file. GoDaddy's help center suggests that if you use Workspace Webmail 6.0, to first switch to Classic View.
Export contacts from Thunderbird
If you use Mozilla's Thunderbird Address Book, make sure to choose the CSV or tab-delimited text file format when you export your contacts.